According to the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten organization, in a child’s first three years of their life their brain develops more rapidly than at any other time. The program utilizes this development period to stimulate and enhance learning and communication skills. Jan Atkinson, librarian for the Birnamwood Middle and Elementary School stated, “Engaging a child’s attention through reading enhances speech and vocabulary development, paves the way for a positive education experience when they enter kindergarten, and builds a strong bond between parent and child. The reading program can even be started by expectant parents as reading familiarizes the baby with the parent’s voice and promotes cognitive development.”
Upon registration for the program, the family will receive a packet of information concerning the program and a progress chart. The child will be recognized and awarded at each 100 book milestone, and receive a free book of their choice upon program completion. The progress charts are retained by the family and make nice material for a children’s scrapbook or other memory album.
If coming up with a thousand books to read sounds intimidating, librarians are available to make recommendations for age appropriate books and subjects. And, if a particular title is not available on the shelf, they can arrange to have it brought in from one of the many other libraries in the OWLSnet library system. For technology users, e-books are available for download through the InfoSoup website.
The winter season is a great time to snuggle in and start reading. Remember, there is no app that can replace your lap. Reading is not only good for the child, it is good for the parent and enhances the parent and child relationship. Families in Birnamwood and surrounding communities with a current Shawano County library card are welcome to participate. Obtaining a library card for the Shawano County library system is easy and free. Stop by the library, or register for a library card online on the InfoSoup registration page.
For further details, or to pre-register your child for the early literacy program, contact the library at 715-449.3120.